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Edit Microsoft Office Documents on Your iPad

Office Web Apps now have touch enabled support for mobile Safari on iOS and IE on Windows 8. This means you can edit your Office docs from your iPad. You don’t need to wait for the rumored Microsoft Office apps To come to iOS. You can work with your documents on your iPad or Windows 8 tablet now.

Here on my iPad, I browsed to my Windows Live SkyDrive and opened an Office document. You have to open it in Safari and not the SkyDrive app for iOS. Then, if you haven’t already, tap Join the Web Apps Preview.

Office Web Apps Preview

Your document opens in Read Only view. To start editing it, tap Edit in Browser.

Edit in Browser

Now you can start editing your document.

Editing Word Document iPad

Editing a document via Web Apps on mobile Safari was surprising easy. There’s plenty of room to choose different editing features. Everything isn’t crammed together, so you won’t end up inadvertently launching a menu that you don’t need.

Office Web Apps aren’t as robust as the desktop version, but there’s plenty of features to get the basics done.

Insert Clip Art Office Web Apps iPad

You can work on Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote documents through Web Apps.

Excel Web App iOS

Office Web Apps let you collaborate on documents too, just like with Google Docs. Now with touch support, you won’t need to be at your computer to jump into a document with others.

PowerPoint Office Web Apps iOS

Of course you’d expect Office Web Apps to work with Windows 8 tablets. Tap Edit Document, then tap Edit in Word Web Apps.

Word Web App Windows 8 Touch

Now you get the Web Apps Ribbon and you can begin working on your doc.

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Word Doc Office Web Apps

You can start a document at work in Office 2013 which saves to SkyDrive by default, then  pick it up later from your iPad or Windows Phone or Tablet, work on it more from your Laptop at home and finish it when you get to work.

Now you can’t tell the boss you couldn’t access your document to finish the big report. Microsoft is making it so you can access your work from anywhere. Just what you wanted to hear right?

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